WWW: Big Society Network, acción en la red

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Mancheta de Big Society Network, Uk.


The Big Society is a society in which individual citizens feel big: big in terms of being supported and enabled; having real and regular influence; being capable of creating change in their neighbourhood. Does our society pass this test at the moment?

Well, only 4 out of 10 of us believe that we can influence local decisions. Only 1 in 33 of us attend public meetings. We feel anger and frustration at the recent behaviour of both the City and Westminster and relatively powerless to change them. We are often anonymous tax-payers without a real sense of how our money gets spent. Most of us try to be reasonably good citizens but our influence seems very small.

The Big Society is a powerful vision to change this, creating a nation of empowered citizens and communities. It has been articulated by Prime Minister David Cameron, but is linked to some of the best ideas across the political spectrum.

We believe that by working in partnership with communities, businesses, charities and foundations and statutory bodies we can generate innovative solutions which can strengthen local neighbourhoods.

Big Society Network is a not for profit group who aim to help organisations deliver the practical benefits of civic engagement.
© 2011 Big Society Network

PHOTOS: World Press Photo 2010

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54 edición.
World Press Photo
Jodi Bieber, Sudáfrica
Retrato de Bibi Aisha, Time Magazine

Her winning picture shows Bibi Aisha, an 18-year-old woman from Oruzgan province in Afghanistan, who fled back to her family home from her husband’s house, complaining of violent treatment. The Taliban arrived one night, demanding Bibi be handed over to face justice. After a Taliban commander pronounced his verdict, Bibi’s brother-in-law held her down and her husband sliced off her ears and then cut off her nose. Bibi was abandoned, but later rescued by aid workers and the American military. After time in a women’s refuge in Kabul, she was taken to America, where she received counseling and reconstructive surgery. Bibi Aisha now lives in the US.

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Portada del 1 de agosto.

UNITS: Kilogramo

Redefinición del kilogramo.
Las masa de un decímetro de agua destilada(un litro) en la densidad máxima del agua, una atmósfera de presión y 3,98 °C (1785)
El kilogramo fue redefinido mediante un objeto
Unidad de masa centenaria (definición actual de 1901).
Origen en las reformas de la revolución francesa.
Nueva definición del concepto de masa.
Basada en las propiedades que no cambian en la naturaleza en vez de un elemento físico.
Fuerza, velocidad, voltaje y resistencia.
Constante de Planck.

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Prototipo de kilogramo internacional.
Cilindro de platinium-iridium
Desde 1880
En Sèvres, Francia.
Sistema internacional (SI).
El “prototipo internacional” es la única medida oficial de masa. Varios proyectos intentan acabar con este pedazo de metal, y sustituirlo por una definición absoluta.

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U.S. National Prototype Kilogram.
90% platinum
10% iridium.
Desde 2008

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Proyecto australiano.
Propuesta esférica de silicona.
Diámetro de 93 mm.

GRAPHICS: How to Run The World, Parag Khanna

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En el libro How to Run The World: Charting a Course to the Next Renaissance
Parag Khana

The world is entering a perfect storm of calamities: a great game for scarce natural resources, financial instability, environmental stress, and failing states. In some respects, it isn’t far off from that medieval landscape of almost a millennium ago. It is a multi-polar, multi-civilizational world in which every empire, city-state, multi-national corporation or mercenary army is out for itself. Esteemed adventurer-scholar Parag Khanna’s How to Run the World is a bold account of our current global chaos and a road-map for creating a truly resilient and stable world.

Parag Khanna is a leading geo-strategist, world traveler and author. Presently a Senior Research Fellow at the New America Foundation, he is author of the international best-sellers How to Run the World: Charting a Course to the Next Renaissance (2011) and The Second World: Empires and Influence in the New Global Order (2008). In 2008, Parag was named one of Esquire’s “75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century,” and one of fifteen individuals featured in WIRED magazine’s “Smart List.”

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